Your brain is a delicate and vital component of your body and overall wellbeing. If it sustains an injury, even a seemingly minor one, this could lead to some potentially severe symptoms that might require long-term rehabilitation and extensive medical treatment. Unfortunately, many individuals tend not to take these injuries as seriously as they should, especially since symptoms are not always immediately apparent. A person might feel completely fine, but beneath the skull, trouble could be brewing. Whatever you do, always make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible after sustaining a brain injury.
Remember, you do not need to sustain a visible external injury for your brain injury to be considered severe, nor do you have to lose consciousness. Any blow, bump, or jolt to the head should warrant a trip to your doctor. Put your health first and get the treatment you need.
Below are some reasons why you should never neglect to seek medical attention after sustaining a brain injury:
- Minor brain injuries can be serious: Medical experts are generally in consensus regarding the importance of seeking medical attention after sustaining even an apparently minor brain injury. Why? The brain might be bleeding and, if left untreated, pressure can build up in the skull, causing the brain to swell, which could lead to death. Without proper testing, you will likely be unaware of the risk this quiet injury is actually posing to your life. Always err on the side of caution and visit your doctor as soon as possible. He or she will run the necessary tests and provide treatment, if necessary.
- Symptoms are not the only indicators of an injury: After an accident, it is not at all uncommon for individuals to feel lucid and normal. This is often why so many decide to forego a trip to the doctor. However, your head could be fractured and your brain might be hemorrhaging. The only way to be certain that you are not suffering from a severe injury is to receive a proper medical examination. Never assume that the absence of pain means you are uninjured.
- External injuries are not brain injury indicators: Regardless if you sustained external injuries, such as cuts, abrasions, swelling, or fractures, these injuries alone are not to be considered determining factors for your decision to seek medical attention. Brain injuries can occur with or without the physical signs of an injury and can even occur without an impact to the head. Whiplash injuries, for example, can also be accompanied by a brain injury. The violent back and forth jolt that results in whiplash can cause the brain to shake in the skull, causing a brain injury.
While it is important to understand that not all brain injuries come with symptoms, some do. Here are some of the most common symptoms you should be aware of:
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Sensory problems, including blurred vision, ringing in ears, and loss of sense of smell or taste
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Mood swings or agitation
- Depression and anxiety
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Difficulty with memory or concentrating
- Slowness in thinking, speaking, and reading
Personal Injury Attorneys in Massachusetts
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another party, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. At Percy Law Group, PC, our personal injury attorneys in Massachusetts will fight to obtain maximum recovery on your behalf. You can expect our legal team to provide compassionate support while we aggressively pursue justice.
Contact our firm today at (508) 718-2545 to schedule your free case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.